INTERNATIONAL & GLOBAL STUDIES


The International and Global Studies program at UMF is perfect for students who wish to gain insights into other countries, cultures, and international and global issues. It provides a greater knowledge and appreciation of diverse linguistic, cultural, historical, economic and political systems in the world.  For a full description, visit the UMF catalog.

How do I explore International and Global Studies at UMF?

There are many ways to explore a major. You could:

  • Review the webpage for this major.
  • Talk to faculty members in the major. Ask about their career path.
  • Sit in on a class in this major. Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to find out which day might be best to drop in on. If you have access to myCampus, click here to go to Schedule Planner to view classes.
  • Talk with upperclass students in the major. They can give you insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you. Just remember, their reasons for liking a major may be different from your own. Ask your advisor, your CA or other UMF staff to help you find someone in the major.
  • Enroll in any one or more of the following courses:
    • INS 100S Introduction to International and Global Studies – Social Science or INS 101H Introduction to International and Global Studies – Humanities
    • Begin study of a foreign language.
  • Get involved with a Club & Organization related to the major (for example, Multicutural Club. Amnesty International or French Club).
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major. Contact Joe Austin at The Partnership for Civic Advancement, or Career Counselors Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane to discuss opportunities.
  • Try a Job Shadow or Informational Interview. Contact Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane for more information.
  • Make an appointment to talk to a Career Counselor (Steve or Cyndi) or Academic Advisor (Lori Soucie) about the major.

What can I do with this major?

Learn more about the major using this resource maintained by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington: http://www.uncw.edu/career/WhatCanIDoWithaMajorIn.html

Can I minor in International and Global Studies? Are there related majors at UMF?

UMF has several minors associated with International Studies, including French, Spanish, and Political Science.  Click here for more information. Majors related to International and Global Studies include other social science majors such as Geography and Environmental Planning, Political Science, and Culture, Meaning and Society.

What kind of jobs have UMF graduates obtained with this major?

NGO in West Africa, English teacher in France, China and other countries, Peace Corps Volunteer, Lawyer, Beijing Office Administrator, Imagery Analyst at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Environmental Analyst, English Trainer, and one alum is working on Environmental Security issues at the Dept of Defense.

What other career paths can I pursue?

Other career paths include Study Abroad Advisor, Interpreter/Translator, Travel Agent, Foreign Service Officer, and many more. Talking to faculty in the major or a career counselor can provide you with more information about a variety of career paths associated with this major.

How do I declare this major?

The first step is to communicate with the contact person for this major: Dr. Nicole Kellett, Roberts Learning Center, nicole.kellett@maine.edu, 207-778-7433.

To apply to the major, meet with a professor in the major and then complete a change of major form (available in Merrill Center or any academic office).


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